The “Stomach flu” (Viral gastroenteritis) although not actually the flu can be spread from person to person or by touching a contaminated surface, as well as from sewage-contaminated food or water, or meals prepared or handled by an infected person. The Norovirus causes gastroenteritis. Though they share some of the same symptoms, technically the flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. Typically most children and adults infected with this virus will experience violent stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Fever, a headache and body aches can also be experienced.
Most people who get a stomach bug virus experience symptoms for 1-3 days, but diarrhea can linger for as long as 10 days with some viruses. Usually vomiting should not continue for more than 24 hours as long as you treat it immediately. Concern of dehydration occurs if vomiting continues for several days. See your doctor if this happens.
Since the Norovirus is extremely contagious, between 10 and 21 million Americans are infected with it each year and has sent more than 71,000 people to their local hospitals yearly.
The CDC recommends hand washing, and disinfecting surfaces such as counter tops and toilet seats and states antibiotics won't help, since they only fight bacterial infections and this is a virus. Although they have no prescriptions available to combat the virus they suggest staying hydrated with water & electrolytes.
Fortunately Natural Medicine has so much more you can do. If you think you have a stomach bug start as soon as possible the following options. The sooner you act the quicker you will knock it out!
- Colloidal silver 10ppm (Silver Biotics or Sovereign Silver) is a natural Ant-viral that looks & tastes like water. It will immediately begin killing of the virus in the stomach and digestive tract upon ingestion. Adults take 1 teaspoon directly or added to a beverage every 2-3 hours until symptoms are completely gone. Small children ½ dose. This can also be taken preventatively. By the way it is not harmful, will not interact with any medication and will not turn you BLUE! If manufactured properly silver will be eliminated by the body within 2 hours.
- Charcoal (Nature’s Way) (capsule or powder) will bind with the virus and remove it from the body via bowel movement or if you should vomit. Keep this at least 3 hours away from any medication! Adults take 4 capsules 2x day and Small children 1- 2 capsules 2x day. ( For children open the capsule and mix with small amount of applesauce or beverage)
- Homeopathic remedies Nux Vomica for nausea & / or Podophyllum Peltatum for diarrhea and take as often as directed on label. If taking both alternate doses.
- If needed you can also take Echinamide Anti-V capsules (Natural Factors) or Virattack ( Herb Pharm) these are both Anti-Viral formulas & take as directed on label. These can also be taken preventatively if someone around you is experiencing stomach virus symptoms.
- Imodium – Helps calm the digestive cramping as well as slow down diarrhea. Take as directed on label.
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